Guided city tour
wurm On Wednesday, Sept 21 a guided tour through the old town of Klagenfurt is offered by city councillor Dr. Dieter Jandl. This tour is accompanied by a choir. The tour starts at 17:00 and takes around 2 hours. (no costs, but registration necessary)
Sight seeing tours
The following tours are offered for September 21, starting at 13:30 (return around 18:00). Note: A trip will be cancelled, if less than 20 persons book it.
costs including transfer, guide and entrance fees: 15 EUR
On the information pages of the city of Klagenfurt you can find more ideas for individual tours.
Go on a hike to the "Klagenfurter Hütte"
Passing through the romantic valley "Bärental" you reach a parking lot (1000m) from where the walking tour starts. The ascent to the alpine hut (1664m) takes less than two hours. From there you enjoy a panoramic view on the mountains and the highest peak of the Karawanken, the Hochstuhl. For those being tireless, the further ascent to the mountain Kosiak (2024m) may be worthwhile. (Adequate footwear is advisable!)
Visiting the castle of Hochosterwitz and the old town of St. Veit
The castle of Hochosterwitz was first mentioned in the documents in 860. In 1570, Baron Georg Khevenhüller acquired the citadel. In the face of menacing Turkish invasions, he extended its fortifications by an armoury and 14 new gates built alongside the path from the valley up to the castle hill from 1570-1586. Such a fortress-way, protected at so many points, amounts to a unique rarity, not only as a matter of citadel-construction. Since those times the building has undergone no essential changes. From there, we pass over to the city of St. Veit/Glan. The charm of St. Veit is largely dominated by its old town centre. The old townwalls are preserved nearly completely, the moat serves now as a green belt. The two main squares are surrounded by impressive Renaissance and Baroque facades. Innumerable arcaded courtyards and intimate alleyways complete the impression of a travel to ancient times.
Celtic-Roman excavations on the Magdalensberg Mountain
Situated to the north-east of the Zollfeld region and the market town of Maria Saal, Magdalensberg Mountain is the scene of some of the most outstanding Austrian excavations including pre-Roman fortifications and a place of worship. In a depth of 120 metres below these fortifications, extensive ruins of late Celtic and early Roman settlements have been excavated. A late Gothic pilgrimage church dedicated to St. Helen and Mary Magdalene (first mentioned in 1262 and rebuilt in 1462) houses an altarpiece with side wings (1502) made by the woodcarving workshops at St. Veit. Next to the church is a pagan sacrificial altar. During the Celtic period it served commercial purposes (Regnum Noricum), while it was turned into an administrative centre after the peaceful occupation of the region (then called Noricum) by Roman settlers in 15 B.C. In early Roman times, the settlements on Magdalensberg Mountain formed a town extending over an area of about 3 square kilometres.
Along the Nockalm road
The Nockberge are unique Alpine mountain ranges between 2200m and 2300m above sea level in the heart of beautiful Carinthia. The name "Nocke" derives from the softly rolling mountains. Admire the varied fauna and flora of the stunning nature, which has the status of a national park since 1987. The renowned Nockalm Route features 34 km of well-marked trails leading up to 2000m above sea level in the Schiestlscharte and Eisentalhöhe areas. Many information sites provide plenty of information on the region.

Photographs: no 1, 2: Beate Simma, no 3 to 5: Copyright Kärnten Werbung